kirtu wrote:Of course Green Tara and any Buddha always comes when we think of them. See the story of Asanga and Maitreya for example. And Guru Rinpoche promised to always be inseparable from people who pray to him and esp. on the 10th day of the Tibetan lunar calendar. Lama Zopa says in his autobiography that as a boy he would squint into the setting sun to try to see Guru Rinpoche. We have special days but the Buddhas are always raining down their blessings and will always come.
Buddhas, Gods and Divinities appear under 2 conditions.One is because of some vow of their own(as stated by you) and the other is by the prayful vow of one who has a bodhi-heart that wants to do good for others and does not want to cling to himself.
It was a vow by Guru Rinpoche to visit us on the 10th day of the lunar calendar but how many of us get to see his holy appearance? We may chant his mantra and invoke him but he will not appear to us because we may not be mediating in the proper way or might not have reached that level of meditation.
First the incarnation of voidness has to be repeated which contains the meaning that everything is void, including myself.This meditation is continued until we get the sign of voidness. Then in the midst of this meditation the holy being who is desired will appear in our anthropomophic body or before us as an object of worship.This again this depends on whether we have been doing good for others and not clinging to ourselves.
Yes, Buddhas are always raining down their blessings and will always come.You and I will not know exactly when, would we?They can come at any time, and you and I will not know when, would we? Then again, both of us would probably not have that kind of wisdom.
One popular incident that most of us could still remember was when Lord Ganesh came down and stayed behind on earth for a few days.He loves sugarcane.If we had kept lorryloads of sugarcane in our houses, our Lord Ganesh statues at home would still not be warm(a sign of his presence).My statue was warm for a few days because I was advised to put a six inch long purple sugarcane in a standing position on my altar.That is all it took.When there are wise people around,we could all benefit and I never benefit alone. I share.We should all share and if some do not want what we offer, then there is nothing we can do about it
as stated in the OP, "However, the choice is yours"
Thanks Kirt. Keep posting and commenting as that could in one way or the other open up new pages for us.